How to Make a Homemade Horse Head-Shaped Cake


If you need to create a horse head cake for a special occasion but can't find the right shape of pan, or it doesn't fit into your budget, you can make one on your own. With a very small amount of carving, you can transform a plain rectangle cake into a horse cake that will delight equine lovers of all ages. While the shape of the cake is extremely simple, you can kick the design up a notch by decorating with assorted candies or additional icing.

Things You'll Need

  • Cake mix
  • 13-by-9-inch pan
  • Serving platter
  • Sharp knife
  • Icing
  • Round candies
  • Shredded coconut
  • Shoestring licorice
  • Bake one box of prepared cake mix in a greased 13-by-9-inch pan. Invert the cake onto a serving platter when it is finished baking and let it cool before you continue.

  • Arrange the cake so that one of the 9-inch sides is facing you. The left side of the cake will form the horse's head, and the right side will form the mane and neck area of the horse.

  • Trim away the top left corner of the cake with a sharp knife to gently round the top of the horse's head.

  • Cut a small triangle from the bottom of the cake approximately 4 inches from the left side of the cake. This cut will help form the horse's nose, and the triangle of cake you remove forms the horse's ear.

  • Cut off the top right corner of the cake. This will create the natural curve of the horse's head where the mane is located.

  • Position the triangle of cake from Step 4 at the top of the cake. Attach it to the cake with icing.

  • Cover the top and sides of the cake with a layer of icing tinted to the desired color of the horse's fur.

  • Decorate your cake with round candies for the horse's eyes, shredded coconut or piped icing for the mane and a halter made from shoestring licorice.

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